Intoxicated drivers endanger residents in Wilmington and the rest of the state. Several wrongful deaths are caused every year in due to the decision of some motorists to drive while impaired. A drunk driver is more likely to cause a serious car accident because alcohol impacts the motorist’s ability to properly control a vehicle. Alcohol use also makes it more likely that a motorist will disobey traffic signals and drive in an erratic manner that endangers pedestrians.
One 30-year-old drunk driver from Wilmington was recently arrested. A state trooper arrested the man after the man rammed into his parked, fully marked State Police squad car. The Wilmington man was spotted driving in an erratic fashion around bar close time on Shipley Road near the intersection of Windley Road.
Drunk drivers injure many law enforcement authorities every year. Police officers and state troopers are more likely to face personal injuries from drunk drivers because officers often work around bar close time and are exposed to traffic when they pull cars to the side of the road.
Fortunately the Wilmington man hit an empty squad car. The officer was out of his car investigating an earlier accident. The officer rushed to the man’s vehicle and saw that he was attempting to reverse his car and flee the scene. The officer yanked the drunk driver from the vehicle to prevent him from leaving and held the man until emergency crews arrived at the scene.
The drunk driver was treated at Christiana Hospital for injuries and then ticketed for drunk driving, failure to remain in a lane of travel and driving with an expired registration and lack of insurance. The officer was not injured.